NaNoWriMo


So, I participated in this event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), which takes place every November, every year. You are supposed to write at least 50,000 words in the adult program, and you can set your word count with the youth program (which is what I did). I set my word count goal to 32,500, and you know what? I completed it! I got 33,062 words by the time I submitted what I had to submit to “win” NaNoWriMo. This youth program really helped me focus writing and as well discover new things about my book/characters that I never thought about before.

Of course, my book isn’t done. I still have a long way to go, but I am confident that I will finish this thing. In the meantime, check out this program at http://nanowrimo.org/ if you want to learn more! It really gives you a challenge that you thought could not have been done.

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Facebook Page


Hello everyone! First of all, I would like to say that I am sorry for the absence of posting on my blog. I have been a little… busy I guess I could say. I have been studying for finals, which will finish this week, and so will my Freshman year.

Anyway, I am happy to announce that I have created the official Facebook page for my series, The Kriegerin Brotherhood! Individual pages will eventually be created for all of the books and my Trilogy, The Tales of Camellia, but I am not going to worry about that at this moment.

You can like the page at https://www.facebook.com/TheKriegerinBrotherhoodSeries.

Thank you all for reading and keeping up with my writing!
-Ryan

Words


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Words. They bounce off the tongue of every human being. Sometimes intentionally. But most of the time, aimlessly. The words just come out of our mouth and we don’t seem to care. They travel to the eardrums of other people, attacking the hearts of those the words are aimed towards. The heart fights off those words, but the mind tells the heart they can’t win the fight. The mind says that the words are true. The words then win the battle. They successfully take over the heart. Then, they go for the rest of the body. The body hurts itself, knowing that the words would hurt it anyways. Eventually, the words will kill the body. Then the words win the war.
Is that what the body really wants? What if it was given a chance? The words almost always win. Many people die everyday because of the words that come out of our mouths. Even if we try to fight them off, we are never given a chance. They get stuck in our brain, and we eventually believe those words.
Sometimes we can fight the words. What if we can defeat them? What if we can tell the words no? We can fight the words if we chose to. Then we are able to defeat them. We are able to tell the words no. But it’s hard to fight, so most just choose to take in the words. The words take over the heart. Then the body. They believe every single thing that comes out of people’s mouths. Then, the words finally kill the body. Just because of something somebody said.
The words are true though, aren’t they? What people say about us is how they think about us. Most of the time, the words they say set fire to our hearts. They puncture our minds. But other times, they bring joy. The words people can say, they can bring life. Words of hope. Words of peace. Words of prosperity. Words of life. They all can come off of the very tongues that are designed to speak good, but are controlled so they can speak evil.
Words that are good are the best. They not only bring life, but they bring hope. Words can bring us up, but they can also bring us down. They can set fire to hearts, or they can burn it out. Now-a-days, there are not that many people out there who speak only good. They are the people who try to change the world into the perfect place it was meant to be in the beginning. But words can be deceiving. The very first deceiving words spoken on this earth were used to take the good out of the world. We were once perfect. No bad thought came to our minds. Then one mistake took out the good mind and replaced it with a mind filled with good, and filled with evil. The question is though, can a single person make a difference in one’s life if they choose to speak good things instead of deceiving things? I believe so. I believe that someday we will be able to walk together and speak good things. That is, if you believe what I believe. And my hope is that we believe in what is right, and that we know the difference between the truth and the wrong.

Blog Hop


Hey everyone! Briana from http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/ has tagged me in a Blog Hop to ask me a few questions about my WIP (work in progress). Thank Briana, it is well appreciated!

What is the (working) title of your book?:

The current title that I am working with is The Tales of Camellia. I may add a subtitle (for example: The Tales of Camellia and the Rose’s Dream).

Where did the idea for the book come from ?

Well it started off as an entirely different story. Then, I thought it was too close to a book I recently read. So I kept the same characters, but I took out a few things and then changed the story! I changed it to something that has been going on in my head where the government told the world that I was a threat (and I was but I was the good guy) and I had to travel the world to prove them wrong. Then there was this bad guy trying to take over the world and I had to stop him. So it is fairly similar. Except, this book is 500 years later, the character is a girl, and the government doesn’t want the character dead… (No spoilers there)

What genre does your book fall under?

I would say Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy. It is actually a lot closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy.

Which actors and/or actresses would you choose to play your characters in the movie rendition?

This is a really hard question, but a fun one. I actually may update as I check out more actors in the future… These are the important characters in the book.

Camellia “Cam” Rose (Main Character): Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in Harry Potter/Sam in Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Violet Rose (Cam’s sister): Willow Shields (Prim in the Hunger Games)

Ella Grace Scarlett: Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter)

Cecil Everett: Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter)

Christopher “Chris” Johnson: Josh Hutcherson (Peeta in Hunger Games)

Jonathan “John” Burkhart: Lenny Kravitz (Cinna in the Hunger Games)

Robin Pierce: Jeremy Renner (Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy/Hawkeye in The Avengers)

Kirk Griffin: Chris Hemsworth (Thor/Jed Eckert in Red Dawn)

Peter Robinson: Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley Harry Potter)

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Camellia Rose has to travel the continent of Europe to find her sister and solve this kidnapping mystery, while at the same time has to stop a worldwide threat that the world does not know about.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Agency. I don’t think self-publishing my book will get me very far.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I haven’t written the book in manuscript format yet. But I am typing it on the computer, so it wouldn’t be too hard (thankfully).

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Hunger Games. Not because of the story, but because both of the books are talking about, “What would the world be like if this happened?” So no, there are no Hunger Games in my book.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My Creative Writing teacher when he had my classmates and I start our novels. I have then decided to go farther than where I thought I would be.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The Tales of Camellia is a trilogy. Meaning there will be three books. Yes. Three books. There may be four… but most likely three. Just depends. Also, this trilogy is a “mini-series” within the Kriegerin Brotherhood series, and the rest of the books outside the trilogy are set before the trilogy. Camellia Rose is related to every main character in each of the books in The Kriegerin Brotherhood series. There is a lot of action between the characters and within the characters themselves.

Now I pass this Blog Hop along to:

http://joannalee086.wordpress.com/

http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/about

Satisfaction


Why do I have to wait? For life. For happiness. For everything. Why do I have to wait for life to get better? Why can’t I just be happy? Why must my soul be crushed every time those thoughts come back? The thoughts that affect my everyday life. The thoughts that tell me things that my heart says no to. That my heart says otherwise to. But those thoughts take over my heart, making it weak. Then I can’t do anything about it. All I am is just a lonely face, seeking happiness and satisfaction.
I love it when things go my way. Because that is the best way things should be, right? That’s what we want to think. But is it how we truly should think? What if there is a better way? A better way to truly believe in things? Believe in things that are good and that bring true satisfaction. But what is true satisfaction? How do we find it? I don’t know if my heart can take feeling lonely any longer. The desire for satisfaction is corrupting my mind, blocking my heart from the reality of true happiness, while the rest of reality is trying to push that away from me.
Satisfaction is not necessarily a good thing. It forces the mind to think that these bad things are good things, and turns the good things into things that aren’t necessarily good anymore. The craving for satisfaction is pure evil. It waits to prance at you whenever you are at your weakest. Whenever you want things the most. Whenever you want to be happy. Whenever you want to be satisfied. It’s just another tool Society uses to ruin your life. They give you things that make you feel as if you are satisfied. But I am not fooled. Society just wants me to believe this. Believe in that. But what they give me is not true satisfaction. No. True satisfaction comes from what the heart thinks. It comes from what you were programed for. It comes from the soul that is in every human being. True satisfaction is happiness without despair. Because I know that after I wait for satisfaction to come, then I will truly be happy. I will truly be satisfied.

The Fight


I ducked under the mighty swing of the sword. Blood trickled down my face like sweat. My entire body was put into use. I pulled out my sword just in time to block another mighty blow. I have dreamt about this. The only chance I had to save my sister was almost gone. I had to be smart and quick. One simple mistake could lead to my death.
Another attack came from my right. I blocked it, spun around and sliced the man’s chest. Another man charged at me with his sword in front of him. I ducked down and he flipped right over my back.
I have been fighting for hours now. The battle never seemed to end. So much blood shed from our skins and so many tears fell to the earth. I was ready to give up and just die. But I could not. My sister was more important. I needed to get to her. I needed to find her. But I never could. She was lost. Taken by men who sought to take the world from the world. Men who were vicious. Men who were angry. Men who brought the tears.
Another sword came at me. I blocked it and killed the attacker. I didn’t like killing these people. Even though they chose to bring in terror. They still were human beings. Why must we kill our pursuers? Why can’t we treat them with kindness and forgive? The only true argument for this would be that these men were trying to create a perfect world.
I understood why we had to kill these people. They were terrible. They killed the innocent. But if we really wanted to make a perfect world without terrorizing it, then why do we fight the fight? I didn’t know if I would ever understand.

Light in the Darkness


The soft wind blew in my face. The sun shined brightly in the sky. The trees shifted back and forth, giving the forest life. It’s odd how the world works. Even in the darkest of times, you could feel the light. You could see the beauty of life. The very beauty of it. Oh how it can change a person’s point of view.
Even in the light there was still the dark; when all the darkness was, was the absence of light. People abuse the darkness. They corrupt the minds of every living soul. We were all just machines. Machines controlled by the reality of Society. Machines that fed off the information that Society inputs into them. Only one man was powerful enough to completely overcome the lies of Society. But he died long ago.
I have tried my best to refuse that information. The very information that ruins my everyday life. Not everyone recognizes this. Most just give in. Which I learned not to do.
What I could not believe was the anger that these lies brought to me. No matter how hard I tried, the anger came to me out of nowhere. What astonished me was that I found it really hard to resist that anger, but somehow I managed to hold it back. Darkness still enters my mind. I still fail at many things in life. But even though I fail at many things in my life, I know that I can find light in the darkness, because I myself have suffered when I was tempted, but I was able to help those who were being tempted.